Since 1984, the African Children’s Choir have toured the world with over 1000 participants in 42 different Choirs and other special tours.
Below are the stories of our alumni who experienced a major life change because of their participation. These students weren’t just singers and dancers in the Choir; they gained freedom, hope, improved education, and unlimited opportunities which helped them become the ChangeMakers they are today.
Nurse Midwife, Catherine Member of Choir 10
Meet Catherine Macharia, the twenty seven year old was born in Langas, one of the chief slums in Eldoret Kenya. She joined the African Children’s Choir back in 1993. At the time, Kenya, majorly Eldoret was undergoing political turmoil. Catherine toured with choirs ten and eleven, something she says was the greatest experience of her life, since she got to meet many great people and share the love of Christ with them. Most importantly, she appreciates belonging to the biggest and most loving family of the African Children’s Choir.
Early in 2011, Catherine graduated with a Diploma in Nursing and today, she works in the second largest slum in Kenya as a nurse midwife.To Catherine, the nursing experience is what she considers a God given opportunity to change lives and make a difference in various Women’s lives in her community.
It was a very difficult time for me as a child, given the fact that I could not go to school. Joining the African Children’s Choir was a miracle. Now, as a Nurse Midwife my greatest joy is when I help various women bring forth life, and witness the newly born make their first cry.God used the African Children’s Choir to bring out the best in me, and in many other children who are inspiring the world in different ways. God bless the ACC.
Nurse, Nancy Wangari Member of Choir 13
Nancy is from Githumu, Kiambu county in Kenya, she comes from a struggling home of a single mother with six children.After touring with Choir 13 Nancy did well in her primary and secondary schooling and dreamt of becoming a nurse. Further sponsoring from MFL allowed Nancy to take a registered Nursing course of which she graduated as a qualified nurse in 2009.
Nancy is now currently working at Kijabe Mission Hospital, one of the main mission hospitals in Kenya, as a registered community health nurse. Nancy works in the High Dependency Unit helping extremely ill patients.
I enjoyed visiting many exciting places while on tour with the African Children’s Choir, and meeting many people. It was an awesome lifetime experience I will never forget, I cherish every moment. MFL has given me an opportunity that I would never of had. It gave me a chance to be who I am today and to achieve my childhood dream of becoming a nurse. Without MFL I do not know where I would be today.
Dr Robert Kalyesubula Member of Choir 2
Before I joined the African Children’s Choir I was actually out of school. I didn’t have food to eat and I didn’t even have clothes to wear. I didn’t know where to sleep because we were 10 children sharing one house. When I joined the ACC, everything changed. They provided for me food, they provided for me shelter, and I was able to play with the others without fearing and wondering what I was going to eat the next day.
After his exposure to the world on the tour with Choir 2, Dr. Robert went back to Uganda where the ACC paid Dr. Robert’s and his brothers’ tuition. He went on to med school in Kampala for his first degree, and then earned a Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine – in a country where there are only three nephrologists for a population of 30 million people. One of his brothers also became a doctor and the other brother became a civil engineer. Today, Dr. Robert works in the village where he was born, giving back to the community in ways that were unimaginable without the support of the African Children’s Choir.
Mark Wight Masai Member of Choir 10
Mark Wight Masai was given up by his mother at the age of only 7 months because she became pregnant with him shortly after she graduated from primary school. The decision was made since ‘she was not ready’ for motherhood. Mark was brought up by a foster mother, a British missionary to Kenya. He lived with his foster mom with another ‘adopted’ brother in a remote part of the country known as Narok until 1992, when their neighbours mentioned the African Children’s Choir. Mark successfully auditioned and was accepted to Choir 10, shortly thereafter he toured most of the U.S. from 1993 to 1994 before going back to Kenya and settling into school.With the background, education, and support he received, he was able to enter college. Mark chose to pursue social communication and trained to become a broadcast journalist. Mark joined the Nation Media Group’s NTV in September of 2008 at 23 and made his debut as one of the youngest prime news TV anchors in Kenya. Mark currently displays confidence, maturity and mannerisms that far supersedes his young age.
The Music for Life has granted me sponsorship in my primary, secondary and college education but not just that! Music for Life is bigger than Family. Since my foster mum retired back to England, I have lived with members of the African Children’s Choir! I don’t live with blood brothers, sisters, a mum or dad but I have the biggest family spread all over Africa! I have the biggest family anyone could ever have!
Rose Mbenya Kamwetu Member of Choir 8
Rose Mbenya Kamwetu who goes by the name of Mbenya comes from a family of four. She has an older brother, a younger brother, and a younger sister. Selected to participate in Choir 8, she toured the US, Canada and made a brief visit to Spain in 1992. She was also in a Choir that toured Singapore, the Seychelles and Malaysia in 1993.
After returning to Africa, Mbenya’s education was sponsored by Music for Life. Mbenya received support all through her advanced degrees and successfully graduated Law School. Today, she’s fully qualified to practice law in Kenya. Mbenya was admitted to the bar in October of 2009.
I have a law degree, thanks to them. I appreciate the diverse cultures of the world thanks to them. They have enabled me to travel the world! I’m eternally grateful to MFL